repose

noun

Definition of repose

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a state of resting after exertion or strain especially : rest in sleep
b : eternal or heavenly rest pray for the repose of a soul
2a : a place of rest
b : peace, tranquility the repose of the bayous
c : a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye
3a : lack of activity : quiescence
b : cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation the face in repose is grave and thoughtful
4 : composure of manner : poise

repose

verb (1)
re·​pose | \ ri-ˈpōz How to pronounce repose (audio) \
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lay at rest

intransitive verb

1a : to lie at rest
b : to lie dead reposing in state
c : to remain still or concealed
2 : to take a rest
3 : to rest for support : lie
4 archaic : rely

repose

verb (2)
re·​pose
reposed; reposing

Definition of repose (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to place (confidence, trust, etc.) in someone or something
b : to place for control, management, or use
2 archaic : to put away or set down : deposit

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Synonyms & Antonyms for repose

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of repose in a Sentence

Noun typically the wealthy socialite spends most of the morning in repose, is served lunch, and then embarks on an exhaustive afternoon of shopping enjoyed the repose of a serene summer evening
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the psychology and the practicalities of the story are ultimately thinly sketched, the abrupt transitions calculated to elide reflection in repose. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2021 This followed two days of services in Tallahassee, where Bowden lay in honor at the state Capitol and lay in repose at FSU Friday. Jim Henry, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 The senior Brathwaite pulled out a second image, in muted hues of grays and blues, this one of a 32-year-old Muhammad Ali in a moment of quiet repose, sitting alone on a bench overlooking the Congo River. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 17 June 2021 For Michelle and Jenner, the choice of minimalism has become a repose. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2021 When a famed coach died suddenly in 1996, 7,000 mourners packed Cleveland Field to pay their respects as his body, dressed in the Wildcats’ gold and black and cradling a football, lay in repose on the 50-yard line. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2021 He is draped in a monk’s robes, his head is lowered and his eyes are closed, as if in meditative repose, an emotional state not typically associated with the 45th president of the United States. New York Times, 12 Mar. 2021 Even as his knee was pressed into a man’s neck, cutting off his oxygen, Chauvin assumed the posture of someone in repose. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2021 Women, some of them nude, some of them clothed in flowing garments, lie in repose within the canvasses. Brienne Walsh, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hour had come to repose the Blessed Sacrament, to move it from exposition to rest. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Vincenzo Anastagi, in field armor—the forty-four-year-old sergeant major of Castel Sant’Angelo seen in momentary repose in El Greco’s swagger portrait—commands the room with his suspicious, unflinching gaze. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 Explore the many natural beauties of the state that repose in its parks, beaches and mountains. WSJ, 13 Apr. 2021 Ojih Odutola's ability to capture movement and repose felt symbolic. Osayi Endolyn, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 May 2020 Many of us saw it as an end-run around the Senate’s advice-and-consent power (Article II, Section 2), as a way to repose power in radical thinkers who stood no chance of being confirmed. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 17 Apr. 2020 This influence is evident in the way the leads’ full frontal nudity, specifically, is shown in moments of quiet and repose. Eleanor Stanford, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 In fact, the nearby Henry Mountains, later to be immortalized by a candy bar, repose in the last area in the continental U.S. to be mapped. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 24 Mar. 2020 The questions are sometimes amalgams of several highly similar questions posed or reposed during the course of a discussion on one topic. Chris Wilson, Time, 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hour had come to repose the Blessed Sacrament, to move it from exposition to rest. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Vincenzo Anastagi, in field armor—the forty-four-year-old sergeant major of Castel Sant’Angelo seen in momentary repose in El Greco’s swagger portrait—commands the room with his suspicious, unflinching gaze. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 Explore the many natural beauties of the state that repose in its parks, beaches and mountains. WSJ, 13 Apr. 2021 Ojih Odutola's ability to capture movement and repose felt symbolic. Osayi Endolyn, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 May 2020 This influence is evident in the way the leads’ full frontal nudity, specifically, is shown in moments of quiet and repose. Eleanor Stanford, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 In fact, the nearby Henry Mountains, later to be immortalized by a candy bar, repose in the last area in the continental U.S. to be mapped. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 24 Mar. 2020 The questions are sometimes amalgams of several highly similar questions posed or reposed during the course of a discussion on one topic. Chris Wilson, Time, 20 Feb. 2020 Preparing the next generation While her generation has been hard at work in saving and restoring forests, Bisoyi has reposed faith in the next generation to not only take up the mantle but improve on it. Pragati Prava, Quartz India, 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of repose

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for repose

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French reposer, from Late Latin repausare, from Latin re- + Late Latin pausare to stop, from Latin pausa pause

Verb (2)

Middle English, to replace, from Latin reponere (perfect indicative reposui)

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More Definitions for repose

repose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of repose

: a state of resting or not being active

repose

verb
re·​pose | \ ri-ˈpōz How to pronounce repose (audio) \
reposed; reposing

Kids Definition of repose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lay or lie at rest I reposed my head on his shoulder. The dog is reposing on the couch.

repose

noun

Kids Definition of repose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a state of resting
2 : freedom from disturbance or excitement : calm … there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods.— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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